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Privacy and cookies

Introduction

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the Direct Gov article, Internet Browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them. To find out what cookies are, visit the BBC article What are cookies?

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, find out more at All About Cookies.

HSE 'First-party' cookies

Main HSE site

Additional cookies on the main HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
SITESERVER (random number)
Expires:
10 years
Purpose:
  • So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors
  • To understand what visitors want to use and not to use, so we can improve the service you receive and archive what is not used

Name of cookie:
SITRACER# (random number)
Expires:
As soon as you leave page
Purpose:
  • So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors
  • To understand what visitors want to use and not to use, so we can improve the service you receive and archive what is not used

Name of cookie:
hseCookieNotify
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
To hide the cookie notification information once closed by the user

Name of cookie:
hseFontSize
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
To ensure a users font size preference is saved between visits

Name of cookie:
hseRate
Expires:
1 day
Purpose:
To remember that a user has rated a page

Name of cookie:
hseToolboxPopup
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
To direct new visitors towards the most appropriate part of the website

Books site

Additional cookies on HSE's commercial site at books.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
JSESSIONID (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
Once you have logged on with username and password, so you don’t have to do it for every Web page you request from our service

Name of cookie:
JSEnabled
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
So users who have disabled javascript in their browsers can still make payments by card

Name of cookie:
X-Mapping-kcepobcd (Where the characters after the last hyphen vary) (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
Allows us to offer faster responses and higher availability by running our website on a clustered system

Name of cookie:
com.prolog.ecom.web.security.SecureSessionToken
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
If present indicates that you have successfully logged in to our service

Hands-on

Additional cookies on HSE's statistical data tool at handson.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
.ASPXANONYMOUS (random number)
Expires:
10 Weeks
Purpose:
  • So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors
  • To understand what visitors want to use and not to use, so we can improve the service you receive and archive what is not used

Name of cookie:
ASP.NET_SessionId (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
  • So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors
  • To understand what visitors want to use and not to use, so we can improve the service you receive and archive what is not used

Communities

Additional cookies on HSE's communities at webcommunities.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
CFTOKEN (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given, linking you to your (anonymous) session on the server

Name of cookie:
JSESSIONID (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given, linking you to your (anonymous) session on the server

Name of cookie:
CFID (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given, linking you to your (anonymous) session on the server

Name of cookie:
SpiderLogon
Expires:
End of session, or if asked to 'remember my details' the +30 years
Purpose:
Once you have logged on with username and password, so you don’t have to do it for every Web page you request from our service

Name of cookie:
SpiderRememberMeLogon
Expires:
+30 years
Purpose:
Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose 'Remember me'

Name of cookie:
SpiderUserPrefs
Expires:
1 month
Purpose:
To remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service

Third-party cookies

Google analytics

The main HSE website and the following subdomains all use Google analytics to allow us to measure how the site is used and to improve the service:

So the following cookies are served on all the above.

Google analytics cookies
Name Typical content Expiry
_utma Random number 2 years
_utmb Random number 30 minutes
_utmc Random number End of session
_utmz Random number and referring website 6 months

Google analytics opt out

To stop Google collecting this information, use the following link to opt out of all Google analytics.

Social media

The code provided by Twitter to include Twitter functionality on our website may set cookies. For information about Twitter cookies go to the Twitter privacy policy.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Updated: 2012-04-09